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Sleep Apnea

Learn about Sleep Apnea. For people with sleep apnea, the combination of disturbed sleep and oxygen starvation may lead to hypertension, heart disease and mood and memory problems....

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Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. The "apnea" in sleep apnea refers to a breathing pause that lasts at least ten seconds. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, despite efforts to breathe. Another form of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea, in which the brain fails to properly control breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is far more common than central sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea, or simply sleep apnea, can cause fragmented sleep and low blood oxygen levels. For people with sleep apnea, the combination of disturbed sleep and oxygen starvation may lead to hypertension, heart disease and mood and memory problems. Sleep apnea also increases the risk of automobile crashes. Sleep apnea can be life-threatening and you should consult your doctor immediately if you feel you may suffer from it.

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gurgle noises from CPAP machine 2 Replies

Started by Kay. Last reply by Rob Bixler Dec 17, 2009.

Cannot get used to straps on CPAP mask 2 Replies

Started by Sandy Holmes. Last reply by Sandy Holmes Sep 4, 2009.

dental devices and why they can be a disappointment 2 Replies

Started by Chris Kelly. Last reply by Chris Kelly Jan 17, 2009.

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Comment by sunny shulkin on November 15, 2009 at 2:06pm
I switched from a silicone mask to sleepweavers cloth mast and it's made a huge difference! No more rash and a much better night's sleep.
Comment by Elizabeth on October 27, 2009 at 2:04am
My first thought would be that you need to call the doc ASAP. I know that sometimes it's not an allergy so much as a reaction to having your own oils held against your face, but it warrants a call for sure.
Comment by sunny shulkin on October 26, 2009 at 6:45pm
Has anyone found a solution to an allergic reaction to the silicon on ResMed Cpapas?
 

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